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has many ? Pleasant acquaintances—yes, one has
plenty of those, that, like the sweet buds of spring,
enchant, enliven and attract you, and then, with
the first puff of adversity and frost of misfortune,
drop off and fade before you. How few can boast
of possessing the steady, hardy evergreens that
stick by you through winter and share the storm
of ill fortune!
I am not one of those who think ill of human
nature. I have lost friends, some, perhaps, by my
own fault and want of punctuality; but others
have started up most unaccountably to replace
them. One must never be in a hurry to take
umbrage and look upon friends as ungrateful,
treacherous or inconstant. Give them time, they
may come round—if they do not, let them go !
If you feel the want of my society, think how
I must feel the want of yours. Nothing interests
me, nothing but thoughts of distant home occupies
my mind! I shall soon be like what we read of
the Indians and Africans, that think when they
die they shall be transported back to their native
groves. I wish I could think so.
Adieu 1 God bless you all!